Follow up because Travis is slack…

Well, I was going to wait for Travis to post something but he is too busy driving around the neighborhood checking his mpg to post anything.

We officially own a new (to us) car. It is a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid that we found at the Truck Farm in Easley. Seriously, the place was actually called ‘The Truck Farm’. It is silver and cute (the car- not the Truck Farm) and one day I will be allowed to drive it. Just not soon because I will mess up all of Travis’s mpg experiments and testing that is being done. At least he promised me that since I am helping pay for it that I could drive it one day. I will let you know. That is all I am going to say about the car because really outside of it is silver (it matches my Taurus- we are a Silver Ford Family!) I don’t know anything about cars.

We have officially entered the busy time of year. Every year starting in October and going through the start of January we are super duper busy. This year is no different. Well, I mean, other than I expect we will be quite busy for a few more months after that. So it is sad we have less time to spend with people but it always helps to know it is only temporary. And anyway, we are busy with Holiday stuff so you can’t really complain about that. Plus, I am pregnant this year so I am hoping to be able to put back a few extra servings of holiday food. This is also the part where I tell Travis I need him to cook a turkey so that I can make dressing because my parents always make more of a Yankee dressing than I can find in SC. Maybe it is not Yankee…I just call it that because it does not have cornbread. And no, I have nothing against cornbread dressing. It is just not how Mom and Dad make it for me and therefore un-holidayish to me.

Plus we are going to have a kid soon so we have to start making our own holiday traditions. We have briefly discussed this but not sure of what exactly they are going to be. Pieces of what he wants from his family traditions and pieces of mine, obviously. But I suppose we have another year to hash out the details. Technically, he has claimed all of the Halloween decisions so I figured we could split Thanksgiving decisions and I get to make all the Christmas decisions. That is cool, right, Babycakes? Speaking of Halloween we are going to see Travis’s niece in the Dracula ballet this week. I am excited about that.

I have no big baby updates. Doctor says everything is great. I say I have heartburn that only allows me 2 hours sleep a night. So apparently the doctor and I have differing opinions of the word ‘great’.

Happy Halloween to you ghouls who are into that kind of thing ❤


My Kingdom for a horse (part 1)

My life is changing, and with it must come another change in vehicle. If we exclude the yellow 1970s Toyota Corolla I owned just long enough to learn how much I hated working on cars, and the Pathfinder and Taurus I owned with Laura, I’ve owned 4 vehicles in my life. Here they are…

1) Pontiac Grand Am – I owned this because it cost less than $2,000 and I probably had no business being on the road anyway (and my parents were wise enough to know it. Perhaps because they were also once 16, and had raised two other children). By the end of its life, it sometimes didn’t crank, once stopped working on the highway, the AC didn’t work, the windows didn’t roll down, and my speedometer pinged back and forth between about 15 mph and 85 mph like a tennis match. Evidentially the Grand Am made me some kind of time traveler. But it DID have a sunroof.

2) Ford Escort – I loved this car. It may be my favorite car I ever owned. Black, kick ass stereo, and really good ‘get up and go’ if you knew how to work it. And I did. On my way to work one day a lady came to a dead stop on the highway. 4 other cars piled up behind her (although we all avoided actually hitting her), and my car was essentially totaled. In fact, it WAS totaled and the insurance company got very angry after THEIR recommended repair place did extra work to make it road-worthy again. They told me if they had thought it would cost that to repair the car, they’d have just cut me a check (like it was somehow my fault). As a side-note, the lady who caused the pile up drove off and avoided ever being charged, leaving us to take the heat. Anyway, the car never drove the same again, and I traded it in a few years later for…

3) Toyota Corolla – I also loved this car. I thought I’d hit the jackpot of cars. I kept it (mostly) clean, other than the school books and games and change of clothes that took up permanent residence in the trunk. I changed the oil (or had it changed), I paid for all the recommended upkeep when it was recommended whether I really thought it needed it or not. And then on the way home from Atlanta after seeing Tom Waits for the first time, the car died. And I mean died HARD. I was 700 miles away from needing an oil change, but there was strangely no oil in the car, and the engine bricked. It gave no signs of trouble until the moment it died. It made me sad. And it made me poor. Awesome.

4) Chevy S-10 – I thought I was getting a job with Time Warner Cable and they HIGHLY recommend I have a truck. Fortunately my dad wanted a new truck and generously donated his S-10 to the “get Travis a job” cause. Of course then I didn’t get a job with TWC, but I still had a truck. I never thought of myself as a truck person. Hell, I could barely drive the thing around at first because I was so used to small compacts. But a few months into it I decided having a truck was the coolest damn thing on Earth and I would never give it up. It moved tons of friends to new houses, transported band equipment, got me to Charlotte to help another friend move, moved me out of my house (and then back in again), and if you add a tarp in the bed and fill it up with water, it’s a mobile pool. But it’s nearly 19 years old now, and I’m about to have a daughter and an S-10 is not exactly what I’d call “baby-friendly.”

So, “yay!” for all my fond, and not-so-fond, memories of these vehicles. Some were awesome, some were clunkers, but they all did what I needed them to do at the time.

And now I need a car to do something else – mobilize a family.

Preperation for Childbirth

Ok, well Travis and I have both officially ‘passed’ our big Preperation for Childbirth class. We were both pretty sure it would be kind of lame and not very useful (we both just wanted the tour of the birthing center) but it was not bad at all. Outside of the very awkward moment where I finally realized that the nice girl next to me (her partner was absent the first night, to be fair) was in fact having a baby with my ex boyfriend. Haha. What are the chances??

Our teacher was a very nice nurse who did not push her agenda on the class which was a pleasant change of pace. I think many of the home birthers had us convinced that hospitals strap you down and pump you full of drugs to give birth and the hospital birthers had us convinced that you and your baby will suffer horrible complications if not properly supervised. We are relieved to know that neither are really true.

The whole ‘swine flu’ thing was pretty wild. There are intense restrictions in place for visitors and strong suggestions to really limit visitors at your home. At this point (and it is not even winter!) there is only one visitor allowed at a time (outside of the father) and that person must wear a mask at all times. I think Travis and I have decided that we will just send out pictures of the kid everyday until June and have no guests. Apparently at six months their immune systems are much stronger and then we will have a ‘sip and see’ so everyone can meet the baby!

Haha, ok, I am kidding.


First Day on the Jorb

I had my first day at work today! Woot! I’m really employed!

It’s hard to say what I’ll think, but everyone seems really cool so far, the place is WAY more relaxed than my old job, and we did have a few hilarious “This will be really easy to show you how it works” moments followed quickly with “Well damn.. that doesn’t work at all. Good thing you’re here to fix it!” Haha.

Anyway, I desperately want to eat now, so that’s the whole update. I had a good first day. Oh, AND I was the only one who wasn’t 15 minutes late because of the weather. That’s gotta count for something, right?


FlashForward – TV (potentially) worth watching.

If you haven’t watched FlashForward on ABC, you’re missing out. I’m not going to say “this is the new Lost,” because it could totally fall apart like Heroes (sigh…). But it But two episodes in, this show is simply phenomenal, and could be as good as Lost if it maintains what its got going.

The premise is simple (sort of). At exactly the same time, every single person in the world blacks out for exactly 2 minutes and 17 seconds (137 seconds). During this time they all experience “memories” of their lives 6 months in the future. If you can imagine what the world would look like if suddenly everyone passed out, you can imagine the potential scope of this show. Surgeons, ambulance drivers, surfers, pilots, commuters, lovers – everyone – going about their day, and then they all collapse for 2 minutes. The devastation is immense and global, not to mention unsettling when people begin to realize their visions were all shared by the people they saw in them. In other words, these are not just dreams.

Part cop/FBI drama, part hospital drama, part sci-fi, I really think this show could be great.

It’s based on a novel, which I will now refuse to read for fear of spoilers, although the author, Robert J Sawyer, is actively involved and is writing episodes, so I expect it has license to deviate quite a bit. But this also makes it likely that, like LOST (and unlike Heroes), the show has some vision for its future.

Lost fans, look for the Oceanic Air sign. Fun little Easter egg.

Watch this show. I need to talk about it with people!

(for future reference, it airs Thursdays at 8pm on ABC)